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    Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:45:31

    Jazz Musician Billy Taylor Dies - He was 89 and passed away due to heart failure

    Reuters reports that jazz musician and composer Billy Taylor, who worked as a TV broadcaster, teacher and booster of new talent, died Tuesday in New York of heart failure, at the age of 89.

    The Kennedy Center for the performing arts in Washington, D.C., where Taylor had been the artistic director for jazz since 1994, called him "a great statesman and ambassador for jazz throughout the world."

    "We are grateful for Dr. Taylor's devotion, friendship and his influence on jazz," Darrell Ayers, vice-president of education and jazz at the Kennedy Center, said in a statement.

    Rest in piece, Dr. Taylor.

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    —Amy Sciarretto

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